Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks in New York City

Where to watch the 4th of July fireworks in New York City

784e9820-1b8a-45d7-8df1-ea95b3fbea97The largest display of fourth of July fireworks takes place here in New York City and is hosted by Macy’s Department Store. Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks celebrates its 40th anniversary this year!  This year the fireworks once again take place in the East River that giving an amazing view by the South Street Seaport.

box-sea-logoIf you want to celebrate the Fourth of July with the South Street Seaport Museum you’ll get access to an exclusive seating area on Pier 16. On Monday, July 4, 2016 you’ll have ticketed access to the pier starting at 5pm. The fireworks on the East River start at 9:25pm. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a night at Pier 16 with family and friends, while supporting the South Street Seaport Museum!

  • 4thExclusive view of the Macy’s Fireworks Show
  • Local food trucks
  • Featuring beverages from The Flagship Brewery!
  • All ages welcome!
  • Purchase your early access or group tickets by clicking here. A limited number of tickets are available and are going fast!

Bonus my link will give you a $10 off discount on tickets!

13450108_10209494701621830_2622922075702233006_nNow if you’re a bit more into the party mode Industry Kitchen, is one of South Street Seaport’s waterfront great new restaurants & bars, located under the FDR. It has a great viewing area for the fireworks and offers a couple of different packages to enjoy an premium open bar and buffet.

188a6bd7-9505-4975-bdcf-61d1cf5f2c35Now if you’re wondering what to do all weekend or day leading up to Macy’s Fireworks… well the great folks over at Howard Hughes Corporation are having a block party called the Festival of Independence at the seaport. Presented in partnership with Noisey, the music and culture channel of VICE, there will be two stages one for the adults and one with more family friendly entertainment.

Sunday, July 3rd on the Noisey Stage on Fulton Street from 1pm to 9pm:

  • Wild Nothing
  • Porches
  • Yumi Zouma
  • Public Access TV

Monday, July 4th on the Noisey Stage on Fulton Street from 1pm to 9pm:

  • Lee Fields and The Expressions
  • D.R.A.M
  • Phony PPL
  • MeLo-X
  • Jonathan Toubin DJ set

Monday, July 4th on the Peck Slip Stage from 1pm to 8pm:
Live music performances with family entertainment during the afternoon leading into cool indie rock in the evening –

  • Clifford the Big Red Dog and Friends
  • Marcus Monroe Juggling Show
  • Tim and the Space Cadets
  • The Lemon Twigs
  • The Mystery Lights
  • Woods

The South Street Seaport Museum is the place to watch Macy’s Fireworks

The South Street Seaport Museum is the place to watch Macy’s Fireworks


Over the years of living in NYC – I’ve seen my fair share of Macy’s 4th of July fireworks.  For 2015 they’re again Macy’s fireworks will be based in the East River (around lower manhattan).  Which means one of the best spots to view the fireworks will be from the South Street Seaport Museum which controls Pier 16.South street Seaport Museum

The South Street Seaport Museum has a limited number of tickets available for entrance into the pier.  The views of the fireworks are SPECTACULAR (see the picture above – taken from the pier last year).

Typically tickets are $40 per person via the South Street Seaport Museum website, but since you’re reading DaDa Rocks you’re getting hooked up with a special discounted rate of $25 ($20 for museum members). Click here to purchase tickets at a discounted rate.

The details… Bring a picnic, BYOB (NO coolers or kegs!). Food trucks onsite. You will need to print your ticket and have it in hand in order to get through security and access Pier 16.  Pier 16 will open at 6 PM.  As always the NYPD might not allow chairs or blankets into the secure area (just a heads up).